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Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

Nov. 13, 2019 10:03 AM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg left North America on a return trip across the Atlantic on Wednesday, hitching a renewable-energy ride with an Australian family aboard their 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran. Thunberg tweeted that they set sail Wednesday morning from Virginia...

Tesla to build factory in Germany after subsidies announced

Nov. 13, 2019 9:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Wednesday hailed Tesla’s decision to build its first European factory in the country, days after the government said it would boost subsidies for buyers of electric cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during an awards ceremony in the German capital Tuesday evening that...

Barge bound for Alaska runs aground in British Columbia

Nov. 13, 2019 9:21 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — No injuries were reported and there was no marine pollution when a barge headed to Alaska grounded near Vancouver Island, officials said. The Nana Provider owned by Alaska Marine Lines ran aground on Quadra Island around 8 p.m. Saturday, The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday....

Venice ‘on its knees’ after second-worst flood ever recorded

Nov. 13, 2019 9:11 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damages. Water levels reached 187 centimeters (74 inches) Tuesday, the second-highest level ever...

Wisconsin board backs away from free speech restrictions

Nov. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EST

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A county board in southern Wisconsin has backed away from a plan to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study and discipline elected officials for how they handle information about the research. The Lafayette County Board on Tuesday night put off a decision...

World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

Nov. 13, 2019 7:08 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. Mounting demand for plastic is another factor. So is increasing plane travel. And the...

Slow down: Dutch cut max speed limit to rein in pollution

Nov. 13, 2019 6:47 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is lowering the top speed limit on highways in a bid to put the brakes on emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide. Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Wednesday that the maximum speed limit will be cut from 130 kilometers per hour to 100 km/h (81-62...

10 Things to Know for Today

Nov. 13, 2019 6:19 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS GO LIVE ON TV Two seasoned diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent, will be the first witnesses to publicly testify in the House impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump's dealings with...

Prince Charles discusses climate change with Indian experts

Nov. 13, 2019 5:21 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles met with Indian experts on Wednesday during a visit to the country focusing on global challenges such as climate change and business sustainability. The Prince of Wales discussed how to strengthen disaster resilience and tackle the effects of climate change at the...

Afghan capital's air pollution may be even deadlier than war

Nov. 13, 2019 4:54 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn't escape tragedy. In the capital, Kabul, five of his children died, not from violence or bombings, but from air pollution, worsened by bitter cold and poverty. At the...